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"Explains" the dangers of the atomic bomb, the effects of radiation and how to protect oneself if caught in the open or in the home.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: U.S. Office of Civil Defense
Sponsor: U.S. Office of Civil Defense
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Atomic-nuclear: Civil defense; Cold War
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: warppropaganda where would u be without it?
stuck in a hut playing with ur shrunken head that's
where. go live in iran & see how much freedom of
speech u have--ur penis will be sewn in ur mouth in under a week
sry!!! for that whole penis sewn thingy
Subject: Survival Under Attack
Great war propaganda. Love how they explain so aptly the lack of radioactive damage the atomic bombs incurred on Japan.
The best part is the end when they say how better prepared the Japanese could have been if they had known what to do.
It is the pestilence of the U.S. Military Industrial Complex that breeds arrogance. What a sickened and illusory country.
Subject: Staring into the center of an A-Bomb blast...
is a fantastic way to sear the front half of your skull and will guarantee total blindness, yet scene after scene of this fine reel shows everyone craning to see how big the mushroom cloud will get. Maybe the explosions don't hurt you in black and white - I don't know.
Subject: May Seem Like a Joke, But.....
I'll admit that in the age of Hydrogen Bombs, there are an awful lot of "ifs" to surviving a nuclear blast. HOWEVER, IF you have adequate warning, getting in your car and fleeing is the WORST thing you can do. Mainly because, everyone else will be doing the same thing and you won't be fleeing the attack, only making yourself a sitting duck by sitting on some freeway parking lot. It is best to shelter at your current location, to the best of your abilities. Yes, you may end up as ash or crushed meat, but your best odds will always be with staying put and doing what you can to lessen heat, blast and fallout effects. Having a defeatest attitude in any situation usually only gets you what you are striving for; failure.
Subject: Survive An Atomic Attack While Smoking!
The part where the guy was reading the book to his wife, while SMOKING was hilarious! More people have been killed by smoking than by the bomb!
where's the part about being able to survive the blast by hiding in a refrigerator? (and having said fridge blasted into the air and slam back down on the ground)
Subject: The Remix
I just released a hip hop mix using samples from
this film. Its called The Breakdown ( atomic safety concerns ) under the name antagone on iTunes and amazon mp3.
Subject: about Atomic Attack (1951)
Atomic Survival 1951 · Atomic Attack 1951 · Self Preservation In An Atomic Attack (1950)
Subject: A bottle of water...
...well, I guess in the '50s a nuclear (ha-ha) family would only need a half-gallon bottle of water for their survival needs. I love the florid music (especially the harp)! And those bricks somehow falling only on the sidewalk instead of bouncing into the street where John Q. Public has taken refuge against a convenient curb; I guess building materials were different then. Someone here put it best about if the Soviets knew how little we knew about the realities of nuclear war, they would have nuked us; how true. Informative value-nil. Entertainment value-3 stars.
Subject: Lie under a table
It's sad seeing people try to believe that there is no danger in this world that cannot be overcome if you prepare yourself in advance. I imagine our attitude today is pretty much, "If they drop an atomic bomb on me then I'm a dead man." Cardboard over the windows. Yes, that will keep out that bad old radioactive dust. It was neat the way he stressed the point about the Japanese A-bomb survivors that "their children were completely normal." Kind of makes you wonder if they were, doesn't it?
Subject: Hoo-ray For The Atomic Bomb!
Another delirious, I think even more so, about what you should do when the big one hits. Plenty of weird things are thrown at you, Keep your place tidy! hide under your workbench! Hide behind stone walls! etc etc. You see, those silly Japanese didn't have strong buildings, and since we're America, our buildings will protect us! And then we can go outside after a few minutes after the bomb hits! Huzzah!
Subject: Very informative... if it were still 1951.
This, out of most of the civil defense films, is one of the few most informative and realistic ones ever produced. This also actually uses stock footage of nuclear explosions, too! We also see clips of the results of the World War II nukes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. It has good information about how the atomic bomb works, such as using radioactivity and heat to destroy. The fallout shelter scenes are neat, also. Especially when the little boy remembers the can opener for the shelter to open the canned goods (snicker snicker.) The air raid alert is also well-done. But when we come to the atomic blast simulations, they're quite good. We have the flashes, and a lot of stuff are destroyed (debris flies everywhere, a mirror crashes to the ground, and such.) All in all, very educational and nice to watch!
Chuck B -
Subject: I will be ready now!
Actually if you were 20 - 30 miles away from the blast this advice might help. Not sure if all of the Japanese who experienced the atom bomb were "happy" after it was all over. But hey, what are you gonna do...you have to think you can do something to try to save your but! You better bet I'm going to start constructing my bomb shelter to get ready for the next idiot that wants to go nuclear - It seems there are several contenders (N Korea and Iran) to take the place of the Soviets!
A fast paced action flick with hope and some advice (would be nice if it could save you...lets face it though - there were A bomb survivors).
Christine Hennig -
Subject: Survival Under Atomic Attack
This early 50's civil defense film shows families how to prepare their homes for atomic attack. It's an awful lot like tornado precautions. The actual threat of nuclear war seems no more frightening than a bad storm here. Of course, what else could they doÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂtell people to kiss their rear ends goodbye? Watch for the scene where the littlest member of the family remembers the can opener (d'oh!).
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***. Also available on Atomic Memories, Atomic Scare Films, Vol. 1, Atomic TV, Atomic War Bride/This Is Not a Test DVD, and U.S. Government Classics.